We probably wouldn’t have known this had the Al-Qadi family not taken over our club, but it turns out that the British Ambassador to Jordan just happens to be a Gashead.
Edward Oakden CMG joined the Foreign Office in 1981 and has served as Director for the Middle East since July 2013, with responsibility for the UK’s relationships with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Iraq, Iran and Yemen as well as the Coalition’s fight against ISIL.
After four years as British Ambassador to the UAE, he served as Managing Director for Strategic Trade in UK Trade and Investment. He was the UK’s Ambassador for Counter terrorism and the FCO Director for Defence and Strategic Threats for four years following the 9/11 attacks in the US; and served in No 10 as Prime Minister John Major’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Northern Ireland.
He has spent much of the rest of his career moving between the Middle East and London, with postings in Baghdad, Khartoum, Washington and Madrid.
How do we know of his love of Rovers? Well. He actually watched Saturday’s game on television with Wael Al-Qadi’s father, Abdulkader Abdullah Al-Qadi, who has recently become President of the Bristol Rovers Presidents Club.
Not surprisingly, there is now a great deal of interest in Bristol Rovers in Jordan and we hope to be able to welcome Wael’s father to his first Rovers game early next season.